The Hill

Neighborhood Festival



Join your neighbors in a celebration of The Hill with performances by Manny James, Charisa The Violin Diva, and a showcase at the Hill Museum. 

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The Hill Chairs:

  • Martha Dye
  • Brian Sams
  • Howard Boyd

Charisa the Violin Diva

Charisa Rouse, contemporary violinist and vocalist has devoted her career to challenging every preconception of what the violin (and violinist!) can accomplish in contemporary music. Classically trained, her diversity has allowed her to travel the world, recording and performing alongside such artists as Demi Lovato, Vivian Green, Kim Burrell, Cyndi Lauper, William McDowell, Diana Krall, and Quincy Jones, to name a few. More than just a performer, Charisa fundamentally recognizes the importance of string programs in American public schools as an in-demand teaching artist. She has developed “the New Urban Strings Curriculum” targeted at reaching young minority string players; a curriculum which she uses regularly in the two NYC public school programs she founded a decade ago, reaching 200 black and latino students annually. As an established recording artist, she is constantly recording new projects, including a worship album to be released this year. For more info on her events and projects, please reach out to her at

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